Pablo Montero (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/WireImage)
Pablo Montero (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/WireImage)

Three so-so tunes replace three other so-so tunes on the Mexican radio chart this week — although to be honest, given the choice of Banda MS‘s new nondescript quiet storm “Tengo Que Colgar” or “¿Por Qué Me Habrás Besado?”, the duet by Edith Márquez and Julión Álvarez now leaving the chart, I’d choose the latter in a second. It’s a little showbizzy, but hearing those two voices locked in a tremulous battle for command atop a dancing tuba, ruthlessly interrogating one another’s kissing choices, I fear I’ve been underrating it. Sorry to see you go, Edith and Julión, you old limón labios! And what the heck, Pick to Click! This gesture may be too little too late, a bit like Senator Mark Kirk declining to endorse Donald Trump for president, but at least it’ll assuage my guilt.

Also new and nondescript is veteran ranchero de amor Pablo Montero (speaking of charros), at #15 with the promotional tie-in single to his real-life divorce, “Tú No Eres.” Montero hit the novela and music scenes back in the early years of this century, piercing souls with his smoldering gaze and equally smoldering voice. Sometimes mentioned alongside his fellow second-generation romantics Alejandro Fernández and Pepe Aguilar, his music career never hit the same heights as theirs, though he did work with the prolific producer and writer Rudy Pérez. His biggest hit was one such collaboration, 2002’s “Hay Otra En Tu Lugar,” which you’ll find either impossibly lovely or impossibly cheesy, depending on which stage of grief you occupy. Later in 2002 Billboard mentioned Montero had collaborated with Los Twiins, the California producers who’ve shaped the sounds of 21st Century banda and corridos as much as anyone, but I can’t figure out whether Montero released any music from those sessions.

Over on the “Spins” chart — which means it’s getting played by DJs a bunch, but not to big radio audiences yet — the tuba sextet Impacto Sinaloense scores with the romantic boast “Rompimos las Reglas”. It seems Impacto and their mujer are hooking up in covert fashion whenever and wherever circumstances will allow. Singer Alex Morales is understandably excited about this, leading his voice to fly free of the beat on the word “adrenalina,” a chorus hook so notable the band repeats the chorus the second time through — in a genre committed to brevity, it’s a lavish musical gesture. Although, like Impacto’s illicit hookups, the song still lasts less than three minutes.

These are the Top 20 “Popular” songs in Mexico, as measured by monitorLATINO. Don’t confuse “Popular” with the “General” list, which contains many of the same songs but also “This Girl,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (at #1!), “One Dance,” and the deathless “Picky,” may it live forever.

1. “Me Va a Pesar” – Arrolladora
2. “Mujer Mujer” – Banda El Recodo
3. “La Repetición” – Banda Tierra Sagrada
4. “El Cuento Perfecto” – Banda Los Sebastianes
5. “Tengo Que Colgar” – Banda MS
6. “Ataúd” – Los Tigres del Norte
7. “Te Dirán” – La Adictiva (19 semanas!)
8. “Yo Si Me Enamoré” – La Séptima Banda
9. “Me Esta Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos (18 semanas!)
10. “La Apuesta” – La Leyenda ft. Edwin Luna

11. “En Toda La Chapa” – Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa ft. El Palomo y El Gorrión
12. “Para Que No Te Lo Imagines” – Saul El Jaguar
13. “Quiéreme (Ámame)” – Intocable
14. “Pensando En Ella” – Grupo Máximo Grado
15. “Tú No Eres” – Pablo Montero
16. “Convidela” – La Iniciativa ft. Banda Los Recoditos
17. “Me Vas a Extrañar” – Banda MS
18. “¿Desde Cuándo No Me Quieres?” – Banda Carnaval
19. “Utilízame” – Banda Cuisillos
20. “Botellitas” – Beto Zapata

“¿Por Qué Me Habrás Besado?” – Edith Márquez ft. Julión Álvarez
“Dime Cómo” – La Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza
“Sueño de Amor” – El Chapo de Sinaloa